Many old houses have outdated electrical systems that can be potentially dangerous to its occupants. If you’re thinking of purchasing or living in one, have a thorough inspection of your future home conducted to determine what needs to be replaced or upgraded to avoid safety hazards and sudden breakdowns. Here’s why you need a licensed electrician to give you a straightforward assessment of your electrical system’s current condition.
3 Reasons to Have Old Houses Inspected By a Licensed Electrician
1. Identify Fire Safety Issues
During the inspection, a licensed electrician will look at the entire electrical system to identify fire safety hazards in your property, such as outdated wiring systems or obsolete breaker panels. Most old houses have deteriorated and exposed wires, which can cause sparks and injuries like an electrical shock. Breaker panels also degrade at some point since they have limited service lives. With broken, malfunctioning components, an old circuit breaker can cause a fire if it doesn’t trip during overloads.
2. Check the Load Capacity
Electrical systems in old homes tend to have small loads since they were primarily used for lighting and basic appliances. Current load requirements have increased significantly as people depend more on electricity, making old wiring systems unable to handle today’s electrical needs. As such, keeping the old system can lead to frequent overloads or fires. Pay attention to some of the signs of a failing wiring system, such as dimming or flickering lights, recurrent tripping, unusually warm or discolored outlets, buzzing sounds, and burning odors.
3. Look for Improper Grounding
Many old houses have ungrounded, two-prong outlets that need to be replaced with three-prong receptacles for proper grounding. These prevent electrical shocks when plugging in appliances. Moreover, century homes are not equipped with ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets, which are now required by law in most areas. This safety measure prevents shocks in wet locations, including kitchens, bathrooms, garages, outside areas, and laundry rooms.
Inspect your old house for possible electrical issues with a licensed electrician from Viscuso Electric & Son, in Hamden, CT. With over 35 years of experience, they provide quality electrical services to residential and commercial clients. The family-owned and -operated and fully licensed and insured business promises quality work. Call (203) 230-8388 for a free service estimate on electrical wiring, or visit them online to learn more.